Books

Worth The Wait – Karen Witemeyer

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My book review of “Worth the Wait” written by Karen Witemeyer

In my view…

This book is about a woman who lives with her son in a women’s village. Because of her past and because she met an important person she decided to live here, in Harper’s Station. This woman who is named Victoria Adams and is referred to often as ‘Tori’ [in the Dutch version though], is very ambitious and starts a shop. Every item that belongs to or is part of or is needed for a household, is a come and go in this shop. Business is going well and Victoria decides to travel to some nearby villages and stop at every house. Having a chat and maybe some business can be done and she will have more customers. In this story there is not an exact time period given in which this story takes place, but you can imagine a period like 1850, before cars were invented and people travelled by horses and carriages.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I rarely found a spelling mistake and the pace of the writing style is nice. It quickens up a bit towards the end. It is a really nice short book and is an inbetweener of a series named ‘Harper’s Station’. I did not know that when I was reading it, found out later on. You do not really notice it in the writing, only that a few people seem more familiar with each other and you think you miss a piece of history somewhere. Although towards the end these pieces are completed as well so you can read it as a standalone too.

Main characters

MAIN CHARACTER(S) EXPLANATION – NOT TELLING ABOUT THE STORY

There are a lot of characters that come forward in this short novel. The main characters are Victoria Adams, Lewis Adams, Benjamin Porter and Emma Chandler (Shaw). Other quickly mentioned character names are: Malachi Shaw, Alberta Chandler, Grace Mallory, Angus Johnson, Bartholomeüs Porter, Marlow Hutchins, Paul Crawley, Hazel McPhearson, Sarah McPhearson, Colin McPhearson, Helios, Hermes, Hercules, Maybelle, Jed Crawley, Frannie Crawley, Michael Crawley, and Daphne Crawley.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

Advent - Gunnar Gunnarsson
Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

My book review of “Advent” written by Gunnar Gunnarsson

In my view… and the main characters

The story is about a good shepherd who, every year in the few autumn weeks and winter days before Christmas, goes up on the mountains. This shepherd named Benedikt does not travel alone. Together with his dog Leo and his buck Knoest he sets off to the smaller roads and paths that lead to the top of the mountain.

Every year herds of sheep are living on the mountain from spring until the end of autumn. Every shepherd has to look for his herd and bring them safe home in the valley before winter starts and it will be nearly too late to travel on the mountain to get home with the sheep.

Benedikt does not have his own herd of sheep. But together with Leo and Knoest he tries to bring every sheep safe back home. He helps the other farmers and shepherds who in fact too late. That something like this happens makes it a very dangerous expedition for Benedikt and his friends. Leo has as a dog a keen sense of smell and can locate the sheep way earlier than the eyes of Benedikt in a winter storm can see. Knoest has also his specialty. When a sheep is stubborn, Knoest knows how to deal with it so the sheep does follow the shepherd Benedikt who leads them all … hopefully … back home.

“A lovely story that shows the unconditional love from a man in a small community who dares to risk his life every year for the good.” – Sophie van den Akker – 12 april 2017

Writing style / spelling

This book is translated from Danish though Gunnar Gunnarsson is Icelandic. I did not discover any grammar or spelling mistakes in the Dutch version but I can not read Danish nor Icelandic.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read this short story! You have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion.  

Greetings by Sophie

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Maigret | Un crime en Hollande – Georges Simenon

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My book review of “Maigret | Un crime en Hollande” written by Georges Simenon

In my view…

This is one of the first novels written by Georges Simenon in his detective Maigret series. A crime has taken place in Holland, in the upper north in the little village named Delfzijl. This is near Groningen in the province Groningen, a very wide – in Dutch terms – green rustic landscape near the sea and the isles around the northern part of Holland. To have an imaginable direction about in which environment the crime in this novel has taken place. Friends, family and neighbours are together for a scientific reading given by Jean Duclos. Yes this name sounds French and he is from origin a Frenchman just as Maigret (no not Poirot from Agatha Christie, he is Flemish). Because of the involvement of this Frenchman at the crime and his vast knowledge, the Dutch police asks if Maigret could investigate to. But of course Maigret does this in his own manner and we have to take in account that this novel is written in 1931 so not any current modern technology involved. Maigret came by train from Paris.

Writing style / spelling

I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes in the Dutch translated version. The pace of the story is first quick, a lot of facts and little happenings and of course the crime. Later on it slows a bit and in the middle it is slightly harder to get through but also the landscape is described. Everything Maigret sees or where he walks on, or if he slips or when the snow is crackling, it is written. And that makes it a beautiful detective novel.

Main characters

The main characters besides Maigret are of course all the suspects, Jean Duclos included, and I don’t want to spoil the story. The Dutch police officer he is helping is named Mr. Pijpekamp and he is working at the police station in Groningen. Those three characters are the opposite of each other. Each of them and none is slightly equal except they share the love for details and told or untold speculations. The ending though did surprise me. But because the pace of the book was a little bit too slow and felt one time as repeating, I gave it only the rating 3 out of 5 stars. Beside the middle quickness it is otherwise definitely my taste with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Barista! | Solace – Elsbeth Witt

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Cover design: Studio Marlies Visser Authorphoto: Desiree Engelage

My book review of “Solace” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

The trilogy is based on three young women who are baristas at a coffee bar named Barista!. In the first book was the main character Laura. That review can be found here –> Barista! | Café au Lait . In the second and previous volume the main character was Iris. That review can be found here –> Barista! | Sweet Irruption. In this sequel and the final one of the trilogy the character Sophie is the main character of the book. The other two women are still important side characters.

In my view this book is a nice final volume of the trilogy. Lots and lots becomes clear about how it all started in the first book Café au Lait and Sophie has also her own extraordinary life. A life not many would expect when you start with this series. But it is beautifully written and fits in my imagination about her character. She is my namesake but our lives are quite different. What we have in common is our love for music, smoothies and sometimes a piece of cake.

Writing style / spelling

In this sequel and final volume I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes. Nearly at the end I had trouble with a sentence, but it was no grammar mistake, I had just read the sentence too quickly.

Main characters

 

The main characters and the important side characters are mostly explained in the previous volumes. This volume is more about Sophie. She is a young mother who loves to sing, works at Barista! and needs to keep her life and that of her daughter, running with order and regularity. Some strange things and some coincidences happen that makes her head spinning. A couple of persons are becoming more important in her life. Her daughter Yasmina, her nice Nadia, a man from the past named Mitch, the brother of Laura named Matthijs and a professional guitar player named Mark. I guess the author was in a mood of giving nearly all the men in the book a name that starts with ‘M’. Anyways how all those people are related or how big the role is they play, I will not explain to avoid spoilers.

My main question after completing these series:

Do you love coffee now more than ever?

Greetings by Sophie

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Barista! | Sweet Irruption – Elsbeth Witt

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My book review of “Sweet Irruption” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

This book is the second of a trilogy about Barista! In this sequel Iris seems to have a settled life. Living in a house, finished her bachelor study and even finished a masters study. But something happens that will change her life drastically. Will she find a new love? Will she start a business on her own? What are her plans anyways? What does she really want in life. After a while she makes a couple of decisions and they do not really depend on each other, but every decision affects another decision. If it all will turn out good or turn out bad – depends also on what your expectations are when you read the book – is something I leave up to you,

Writing style / spelling

This sequel has no grammar or spelling mistakes so it reads quick in a nice pace.

Main characters

The main character throughout this sequel is Iris. Iris is a graduated student in Psychology and has also finished a Master’s study. She lives together with her boyfriend and has everything settles, except that she has no job.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Barista! | Café au Lait – Elsbeth Witt

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Cover copyright Xander Uitgevers

My book review of “Café au Lait” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

This book is the first book of a trilogy about three women who are baristas in a coffee bar in Utrecht. A city crowded with students and lots of them studying in the medicine or psychology scene. Also these three baristas. Though they have their own life that is quite different from the other, they all come in one place: Barista! The coffeebar with their Italian boss Luigi.

Writing style / spelling

I have read this book in the summer of 2015 and I have not discovered any spelling or grammar mistakes. It is a book you can read within a few days or evenings. You read easily ~100 pages a day.

Main characters

The main character throughout this sequel is Laura. And Laura is head over heels when suddenly a handsome man steps by at Barista! Her colleague Iris is one of her best friends and she has – in contrast to Laura – quite a steady study period. Iris got her job at Barista! thanks to Laura and the Italian Luigi – the boss of Barista!

A book full of Italian coffee, now and then a cupcake and just lots of love for the job and the people around them.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Numero Zero – Umberto Eco

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My book review of “Numero Zero” written by Umberto Eco

Title: Numero Zero [IT / EN] / Het Nulnummer [NL]
Author: Umberto Eco
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789044628357
NUR: 302
Publisher: Prometheus Amsterdam
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2015
Year read: 2015
Original title & language: Numero Zero [IT]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 223
Places: Milan
Rating: 5 / 5

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In my view…

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Somebody Else – Arnon Grunberg

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My book review of “Somebody Else” written by Arnon Grunberg

Title: Iemand Anders [NL] / Somebody Else [EN]
Author: Arnon Grunberg
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789085161035
NUR: 301
Publisher: B for Books B.V.
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2005
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Iemand Anders [NL]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 39
Places: New York, Poughkeepsie, Tarrytown
Rating: 4 / 5

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In my view…

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Hanna’s Birthday – Gull Åkerboom

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My book review of “Hanna’s Birthday” written by Gull Åkerboom

Title: Hanna’s Verjaardag [NL] / Hanna’s Birthday [EN] / Annonsen [SE]
Author: Gull Åkerboom
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9789086962587
NUR: 350 – Fiction General
Publisher: Uitgeverij Eenvoudig Communiceren B.V.
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2016
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Annonsen [SE]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 72
Rating: 5 / 5 stars

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Books, Films, Lists, Series

Books to films in 2016

Not only YA books, áll books!
The book becomes a film anno 2016

The new year has started so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2016! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (January 5th, 2016). If a book was not mentioned in the media before in those lists – as far as I have seen – I have written New to the list beneath the title to make it clear. If I write …As in… means the author(s) of the book wrote a … kind of book.

The list sorted by release date

January 2016 – Total = 6 films

  • 14th, The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff
  • 21th, Legend – John Pearson
    New to the list!
  • 21th, The Big Short – Michael Lewis
    New to the list!
  • 28th, The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
  • 28th, The Revenant – Michael Punke
    New to the list!  And partly based on the novel.
  • 28th, The Finest Hours – Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
    New to the list!

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